When a new baby comes along in our lives, there are an overwhelming number of new purchases to be made for them. One of which is a trusty diaper bag. Although it may seem like a simple, straightforward item to pick out and buy, there are essential features you want to make sure your diaper bag has. Here are four of the most important factors to consider when purchasing your diaper bag:
1. Storage Compartments
When packing for a baby, there are more essentials than you may think. Whether it’s the diapers, baby powder, change of clothes, bottle, food, etc., you’re going to need a bag that can fit it all and keep everything organized. Another important aspect is to make sure there are both plenty of storage inside the bag as well as multiple compartments on the outside for ease of access. Also, look for bags that have features like stroller straps, a dirty clothes area, a bottle carrier, and a changing pad that you will feel comfortable using for your child. One of my favorites is the Rachel Roundabout that is made by www.thebumblecollection.com. This diaper bag “provides multiple storage areas to house all of baby’s necessities.”
2. Easy to Carry
Warning: you will be carrying this bag a lot! A crucial aspect of a diaper bag that cannot be overlooked is how frequently you will have to carry this bag around. Due to this, you will clearly want to have a bag that is comfortable and doesn’t leave you encumbered throughout the day. A tip to account for this is to try finding a bag with a cross-body strap. This will allow you to easily carry the diaper bag with both hands free to take care of the little one!
When you are busy with your new baby, fashion and style go on the back burner for a while. The least you should be able to do is make sure your baby gear is looking chic while you’re out and about! There are plenty of diaper bags out there that have been created to actually look like designer handbags. A diaper bag that fits this bill perfectly can be found at babyzala.com. Baby Zala has designed a high-end leather bag for both style and convenience with your baby.
4. Bonus Diaper Bag
For moms who may be in the period of nursing their newborn babies, an added bonus can be found in the Sarah Wells breast pump bag. Not only can these diaper bags carry the essentials while looking great, but they also have the added feature of a built-in breast pump. This is truly the “all-in-one” solution to diaper bags for nursing moms!
Guest Blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow
San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.
After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation's leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It's wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”
San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.
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